Zayo is raising its dark fiber flag in Canada this spring, a few months after acquiring Allstream and entering the market in force. They revealed yesterday that an unnamed global cloud provider has tapped them for a combined dark fiber and 100G wavelength solution hooking up its Canadian data center back across the border to key US hubs.
According to Zayo, since the Allstream deal they've been seeing significant interest in dark fiber in Canada and is now actively marketing such services there. The Canadian market has historically been addressed by outside entities at higher levels of infrastructure, with deregulation coming a few years ago. The arrival of a willing and able dark fiber provider to the mix seems likely to shake things up a bit.
That being said, looking at Zayo's interactive network map, while their Canadian lit footprint extends from Newfoundland to Vancouver, their dark fiber footprint is mostly a metro phenomenon, with a few intercity segments. Perhaps the interest Zayo has shown in new intercity builds on some routes in the US will extend north of the border as well at some point.
Speaking of intercity fiber buildouts, Zayo seems to have a new buildout planned on their map they haven't mentioned yet. It seems to stretch between Minneapolis and Chicago with a further extension on to Detroit.
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